A Few Early Summer Pursuits

Mr. Tialys says I buy too many bags.  What nonsense!  At least I use the bags.  It’s the shoes I keep buying that are a waste – I must come to terms with the facts.

   – I don’t live somewhere anybody would consider it practical to wear heels.

    – I don’t go out in the evenings enough to wear them and, if I did, the previous fact would still probably apply.

   –  I am not one of the cast of Mad Men

    – I can’t wear them to go shopping because they have started to make my hips hurt after a couple of hours.

 Isn’t life cruel?

Anyway, back to the bags, which I have decided don’t count if Imake them instead of buying them.  Sneaky eh?

I like this pattern because it produces a bag which actually looks like a shop bought one – I hope so anyway!!  I got the pattern from the amazingly talented Lisa over at  u-handbag.  It was actually a generous free download on Lisa’s blog but she has these special handles in her online shop, plus the interlining, etc. that you need.  She made a lovely floral one and calls it the ‘Graceful Kelly Bag’ but I fancied spots ‘cos I’m more that kind of person, if you know what I mean, although I might stray into floral next time.  I had fun with the interior too

I must confess, I was a bit scared of the gluing in part as I have only used sew in frames on little clasp coin purses before.  It is a good idea to put masking tape over the metal before you brandish the glue.  Ask me how I know this.  Anyway it was fun but I’m going to road test this one before I make any more to make sure the glue I used is up to the job of my wallet (not very heavy due to buying too many bags!), cheque book (just in case), phone, keys, occasional book, etc. etc.  Maybe I could learn to make shoes too.

Changing the subject, why is it that weeds and plants that self seed often do so much better than the things we plant?  Here is a case in point

Mr. T. will be pleased as I’ve given you a partial glimpse of his dry stone wall which he is very proud of and is home to countless lizards and other things no doubt.  I actually tried to take a close up of these huge bee like things we have here which buzz and hover but are black with a sort of purplish tinge.  I have a feeling somebody told me they were called Carpenter Bees but I might be wrong.  Anyway, I gave up in the end because he wouldn’t keep still long enough and I got fed up but I liked the close up of the poppies anyway and, if you click on the pic and look  closely, you can see what looks like a big raisin inside one of the blooms.

Still in the garden, I have suddenly realised that our chickens are thoroughly spoilt.  Not only have they got a custom made chicken house but they appear to have roses around the door now too.

Certainly something for Darth (don’t ask) to crow about

the neighbours love him – you can imagine!

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  1. #1 by Jan Marriott on July 3, 2012 - 22:34

    must say I am a spot person too…very nice.

  2. #2 by Ann on July 4, 2012 - 00:23

    I’m so impressed with your bag making skills – pretty! (as are your poppies and your chickens and their house and your stone wall) 🙂

  3. #3 by Janet on July 4, 2012 - 15:50

    Oh my word I do like that bag very much indeed! Grey with spots and the Eiffel Tower, perfection! I only wish I had the skills to make one.
    Really like your blog by the way. I stumbled across it a few weeks ago but can’t remember where.
    One can never have too many bags and it doesn’t count if you make it yourself.
    Happy Day!

  4. #4 by Janet on July 4, 2012 - 20:08

    Hello again! Thanks for your comment over at mine, you did make me laugh a lot. I can’t find a button to subscribe by email and I’ve looked all over the shop. Do other people have it on their blogs? I notice you follow 15 Coast Road, is that by email too?. The only thing I found is a blogger thing where I can invite people to follow by using their email.
    It’s all too flipping complicated for me. (Although saying that someone sent me a download of a book today and I managed to get it onto my Kindle without any help. I did a lap of honour.)
    I will see if there’s anyone in blogland that might be able to help me.

  5. #5 by Janet on July 4, 2012 - 20:26

    Me again. No, I’m really not stalking you. I found the button you mean and I can’t seem to change it but I have found a thing where I can have the posts sent to your email. I rock! I made the 15 year old cook dinner while I faffed about on the laptop!
    So if you give me your email, you can send it to mine I think I had to give it to comment and I will activate that. Oooh another follower!

  6. #6 by Wendz on July 9, 2012 - 15:25

    Your bag is beautiful. I like spots too and I love the fabric you’ve used for the lining – very quirky.

    I’ve made a couple of coin purses by glueing them in, a la Lisa Lam’s tutorial but you know what? I let them dry properly for a few days and then tested their strength by tugging very hard on them and the fabric began pulling out of the frame at the joints. Once that came out then the rest was easily pulled out with not too much effort.

    I used quite a lot of glue so that can’t be the reason – and I used the Gutermanns craft glue that LIsa recommends so it’s not a case of poor quality glue either. Hmm. It’s a puzzle.

    I think that the sew-in method is probably the most secure. I wouldn’t want to sell a glued-in purse in case it fell apart on the buyer. That would be awful.

    I am going to order some sew-in frames and try that method out.

    I hope your bag holds together -it really is a lovely thing.

    ps. I don’t get on with high-heeled shoes either anymore. 🙂

    • #7 by tialys on July 9, 2012 - 15:41

      Hi Wendz. Did you put the piece of cord in too? I haven’t tested mine out with the usual phone, purse and other paraphernalia yet but I thought I would just use it for light use, say in the evening when I just need to take a couple of things with me. I must admit I like the sew in method. That’s how I’ve made my coin purses and I’m relatively confident that they will hold. Also, you don’t have to worry about the glue getting on anything. I have looked for other bag handles like this one but they are difficult to find. I’ve seen one which is a bit smaller, and with just one wooden handle so I might try to adapt the pattern and use one of those. I’ll let you know how I get on.

      • #8 by wendy on July 10, 2012 - 10:30

        Actually no, I didn’t insert any cord. Maybe that’s why it didn’t hold. I will look at the tutorial again (it’s been a couple of months since I did it) and see what I missed. I am always in a hurry to do stuff so must have skipped over that. Typical!

        I will try it again then, and put in some cord, and see if that makes a difference.

        I also pulled apart a little purse I bought to see how a mass-produced, factory-made item was constructed and they had lined the top edge of the purse fabric with thin cardboard – if inserting cord doesn’t help then I’ll try the cardboard trick. I’ll report back on that. (And by the way, thinking about it, by pulling hard enough I did manage to rip that commercially-made purse apart. Maybe the general idea is that nobody is going to buy a purse and then proceed to try and break it up? 🙂 )

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